The new series of “Torchwood” teased us last week, with a little twenty second number that gave us little more than Gwen with a rocket launcher and a glimpse of the only Captain Jack needed outside of the Baroque Cycle. Now Starz has seen fit to release a full trailer since the series is hitting American television in five weeks and if Yanks aren’t warmed up a little in advance, we get cranky and just watch NCIS reruns instead.
I’ve got two thoughts on the trailer. First, it looks fantastic. It clearly sets up one hell of an overall storyline, along with teasing at disparate threads of others. The serial killer put to death and waking back up, the agent impaled and not dying, Gwen apparently suffering a repeated helicopter infestation. Second, it still manages to be infused with the desperately dark humor underlying the first three series of the show. I love that they’ve retained Gwen’s mildly anti-British Welsh pride, and Jack’s penchant for making an entrance.
That said, there are also a couple of worrying bits. The trailer is very run, explode, shoot, run some more. Explosions for the sake of explosions are certainly a trailer staple, but I worry that there’s no antagonist presented here except for black clad gunmen and black helicopters. Surely our heroes aren’t being hunted by the government again, because that would be a sad bit of repeating themselves to no end.
All in all, it does exactly what it’s supposed to do, it gets the adrenaline going, makes you want to see more. But I can’t help thinking back to the trailer for “Children of Earth,” the abject sorrow of that simple one minute voice over … that’s when the Doctor turns his head away in shame … that’s a hell of a trailer to follow up, but then “Children of Earth” is a hell of a series to follow up.